Manu Loat is just such an individual...currently in the employ of Guilder Yakob Pento:
|Manu Loat. Don't make fun of his moustache!|
Manu Loat is actually the very first figure from the Rogue Trader Space Pirates range I've ever painted and I've got mixed feelings. I love his pose and baggy trousers, but there's a heck of a lot of stuff going on with him - shirt, body armour, pouches, weapons, helmet, moustache and bandana. He's also one of those models where it's not always clear exactly what you're painting. There were several points where I had to take a long hard look and work out whether I was painting a section of shirt, armour or something else!
As Loat is a hired gun for the Junction Trading Guild, I went for the same colour palette, predominantly purple, yellow and white. I added in a neutral khaki coloured shirt and some flamboyant elements which seemed to fit with the character - namely striped trousers and a subtly patterned bandana. All in all, I think the additions give him a more exotic feel without making him stand out from his colleagues.
|The Junction Trading Guild|
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The Great Brat Giveaway
A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the anniversary of this blog being created and offered up the chance to win a custom-converted and painted Brat to one reader.
In the event, 15 of you made suggestions, so I stuck all the entries down on a bit of paper and rolled a D16. The winning suggestion was from Lasgunpacker:
Lasgunpacker wrote: "As for the Brat... I think left hand chain sword right hand carrying a bag of some sort.
Colors: dark brown leather for the vest and boots, lighter leather colors for the other webbing and holster, pants and arms alternating checked harlequin colors, hair to suit your tastes."
So I've got a chainsword wielding Brat to convert up, carrying some sort of important bag of supplies. He's got brown leather clothing and harlequin checked(!) shirt and trousers. Checks!!! Oh dear ;)
I really like the potential with this guy...I've already got a chainsword in mind (I might cheat and swap hands for the bag / weapon). Watch this space for the conversion.
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